Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Friday slammed the White House for relying on “absurd” arguments in justifying the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Paul told Fox News that right now Obama has “no statutory authority and no constitutional authority” for fighting the Islamic extremists.
“The Constitution, I think, would allow, and most people say, for the repelling of an imminent attack. But once an attack goes on for months and months and you are actually not defending anything, you are actually going out and offensively trying to either conquer territory or conquer an opponent, I don’t think that’s a defensive maneuver, nor is that temporary or an imminent attack,” he said.
Last week Paul, a likely 2016 contender, unveiled a declaration of war and authorization in order to carry out attacks on ISIS.